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Hot Links: A look at OU’s schedule, Mariah Lopez enters the transfer portal, and more

Also, we’re already excited for some OU basketball.

According to Patty Gasso, senior right-handed pitcher Mariah Lopez is entering the NCAA Transfer Portal ahead of her final collegiate season. The Oklahoma Sooners’ head coach explained the situation to James Hale, host of Total Sports on KREF Radio, as “in limbo.”

It’s a little bit of a blow, especially when the trio of Giselle Juarez, Lopez and Shannon Saile worked so well together throughout the 2019 season. Still, I can understand Mariah’s thinking if she simply wants the chance to be the definitive ace on a team. Going into 2020, ‘G’ remains the pitcher to beat in that regard.

If the 2019 WCWS was indeed Lopez’s final go-around with the Sooners, she finishes her Oklahoma career with a 51-2 overall record. Wherever she ends up, I know Sooner Nation will wish her the best of luck.

Now it’s time to dig into today’s Hot Links! Kyler Murray continues to do pro things, the OU softball coaching staff is recognized for its exceptional results, the Raiders will be featured on this year’s season of Hard Knocks and more!

OU Links

  • It seems like the college basketball season just ended, but the guys are back on the grind and gearing up for hopefully another NCAA Tournament run. Enjoy these sights and sounds of the start of summer practice.

  • Tyler Palmateer from the Norman Transcript is taking a look at each of Oklahoma’s 12 regular season games coming up this fall in order of worst to best. Up first is the Sooners’ game against South Dakota. OU hasn’t played a team from the FCS level since 2012 (Florida A&M), so this one goes against the latest trends, but if it plays out how it should, it could help a lot of players see some real reps on the field.
  • Speaking of the upcoming season, our Allen Kenney ranked the Sooners’ schedule game-by-game over at Athlon Sports. Check it out! His No. 3 game may surprise you, but you know he’s backing it up with valid points.
  • In case you missed it, check out this week’s Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast in which Jack and Kamiar talk recruiting and offseason scuttlebutt whilst also putting soft Longhorns on blast!
  • Among all the things Kyler Murray is working on in preparation for his rookie season, learning Kliff Kingsbury’s offense is at the top of the list. He understands that it’s not only in his best interest to know the system, it’s actually his job. K1 is such a pro, man.
  • The 2019 OU softball team was loaded with talent up and down the lineup, but it was also surrounded by an outstanding collection of teachers of the game. For the eighth year in a row, the Sooners’ coaching staff was named NFCA Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year!

Around the Sports World

  • If you happened to miss any of the record-breaking action from the USWNT, check out these highlights from their 13-0 victory over Thailand. Alex Morgan and her FIVE goals were unstoppable.

  • The Oakland Raiders will be this season’s focus on the critically acclaimed HBO documentary series ‘Hard Knocks’. Former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is sure to be one of the focal points after his dramatic split from his past team. Also, being able to watch and listen to more of Jon Gruden is always a good thing. Can’t wait!

  • The Chicago Bears are still looking for their kicker of the future after waiving the recently signed Chris Blewitt. The position has been under the spotlight since Cody Parkey missed a potentially game-winning kick against Philadelphia in the playoffs.
  • Herm Edwards’ first season at Arizona State was a moderate success considering just about everything going into the strange situation was either new or untested. Now that he has a full year of work with the Sun Devils under his belt, what should we expect from his program this fall? Bill Connelly previews ASU.
  • Looks like the ESPYS has found another superb candidate for the Pat Tillman Service Award. Read about USMC sergeant Kirstie Ennis’ story right here.

Stick to Sports!

  • Keanu Reeves is mostly known for playing Neo in ‘The Matrix’, or John Wick in, well, you know. In an interesting and telling development, it’s become clear that a lot of young people only recognize the A-list actor as ‘Fortnite guy’, because they’ve said so right to his face. Kids these days.

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